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When a Cracked Tooth Doesn't Hurt

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Sometimes when we explain to one of our patients that they need a dental crown, they are shocked because they have not experienced tooth pain.

The truth is that dental conditions often do not cause pain until the condition is well advanced. This is because your tooth’s nerve is protected deep inside your tooth structure. Enamel and dentin house the nerve and blood supply of your tooth, and unless decay or damage has reached those internal tooth structures, you may not know that anything has changed.

Why We Recommend Dental Crowns

We often recommend dental crowns after a root canal, deep decay, or fracture to your tooth structure. The goal of a dental ...

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What Is Bone Grafting and Why Do We Recommend It?

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Bone grafting is not as mysterious as it sounds! Performing bone grafting procedures in our Ocean City, MD dental office actually opens the door for patients who would otherwise be unable to have dental implants to replace missing teeth due to insufficient bone density.

Here is a little information about bone grafting:

Where Does Donor Bone Come From?

Donor bone can actually come from a variety of sources:

  • Cadaver bone
  • Your own bone
  • Lab-created bone
  • Bovine bone

No matter which source we use, the bone is sterilized and free from pathogens. It actually looks a bit like the inside of a silica packet once it has gone through rigorous screening and processing.

One of the benefits of using ...

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Types of Dental Emergencies

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If you experience a dental emergency, being prepared and informed on how to handle the situation and what to expect can make a big difference! Our office is prepared to help in a dental emergency and get you or a family member the treatment needed to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. Here are some of the most common types of dental emergencies: 

  • Injury: One of the most common dental emergencies is an injury. If you have a cracked or broken tooth because of an injury while playing sports, or some kind of activity, it can cause a lot of pain. You might have even had your tooth knocked out ...

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The Neuromuscular Treatment Process for TMJ Pain

TMJ Treatment | Atlantic Dental Ocean City MD

If you suffer from TMJ, also known as TMD or jaw pain, you might be desperate for help. Clicking, popping, and locking jaws can make it difficult for day-to-day life to feel comfortable. TMD can even lead to headaches, migraines, and facial soreness that wear on the body over time.

At Atlantic Dental, our dentists have completed additional training to gain in-depth knowledge about the comprehensive system that includes your muscles, jaw joints, nerves, teeth, and gums. They have a deep understanding of occlusion (how your bite comes together) and can address most cases of TMD through neuromuscular treatment.

How We Approach TMJ Treatment

We will begin with an evaluation to determine the ...

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Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth Replacement Options in Ocean City MD

If you need to replace a tooth, you're probably looking into your options. There's a lot of great options available today for tooth replacement, and our team is proud to offer some of the best choices. Choosing the right treatment is all about your specific needs for the tooth, along with your budget and preferences. 

At the beginning of any tooth replacement process is the tooth extraction. Your dentist will evaluate your needs to prepare for whichever replacement option you choose, and then your tooth or teeth must be extracted. This process can vary based on your needs, but it's typically an easy procedure, and most patients do not even have ...

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What Not to do in a Dental Emergency

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No one wants to be in a dental emergency. Unfortunately, though, sometimes they happen, so it's important to be prepared on how to handle the situation. Or, how NOT to handle the situation. Here are some things you should not do in the event of an emergency: 

What Not To Do

  • Panic: Of course, this goes for more than just dental emergencies. Even though it can be scary to be in pain from a dental injury or concern, take some time to calmly note your symptoms and everything that is happening. Then, contact a dentist who can see you quickly to address your issues. 
  • Wait: In a dental emergency, things can only get worse if ...

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Conditions that May Warrant a Dental Extraction

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At Atlantic Dental, we do our best to save your natural teeth because it is often the best way to protect your oral health and your budget. Natural teeth are still the best option to maintain a healthy smile as you age. Some of the ways we do this is by restoring teeth whenever possible.

Treatments to save teeth often include:

Patients sometimes wonder wouldn’t it be better if we just extracted a tooth? The answer is that sometimes a tooth has sustained so much damage, that it is no longer viable. 

If you are curious about dental extractions in Ocean City, MD, here are ...

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